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This paper examined the Buddhist monks’ attitudes toward monastic library and their reading preferences. These monks are attached with the Dali Monastery of Darjeeling. 62 residential and trainee monks participated in the survey. All the monks are male. Survey method has been adopted for the present study. A structured questionnaire was prepared and circulated among the monks. 80 questionnaires were distributed and among them 62 filled-in questionnaires were received with response rate of 77.5%. The researcher personally visited the monastery to collect data and get a chance to talk with the monks and closely observe the resources and facilities. Hence the findings are based on personal experience. Based on the findings the study suggested some recommendations for the improvement of monastic library and also calls for the co-ordinated efforts of all stakeholders for the development of this treasure house of knowledge.



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